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children watch a water rocket blast off

April 23, 2014 | UW Today

Thousands on campus for Engineering Discovery Days, April 25-26

Don’t be surprised if you see a water rocket launch along Rainier Vista or a human-powered submarine showing off by the fountain this week! Engineering Discovery Days is Friday and Saturday, April 25-26. The event is free and open to the public.

placing a Micro Phone Lens on a smart phone

April 15, 2014 | UW Today

UW graduate’s lens turns any smartphone into a portable microscope

UW mechanical engineering alumnus Thomas Larson (’13) has taken the plunge into entrepreneurship: his Olympia, WA company is producing low-cost, plastic lenses that turn smart phones and tablet computers into microscopes. Larson's path to commercialization began in the lab of ME associate professor Nathan Sniadecki and progressed through the UW Business Plan Competition and a successful Kickstarter campaign.

original image of child's face with three age-progressed versions

April 9, 2014 | UW Today

Automated age-progression software lets you see how a child will age

University of Washington researchers have developed software that automatically generates images of a young child’s face as it ages through a lifetime. The technique is the first fully automated approach for aging babies to adults that works with variable lighting, expressions and poses. CSE's Steven Seitz and Ira Kemelmacher-Shlizerman have released a paper on the technique.

aerial image of Oso landslide. Photo: Weldon Wilson, Washington State Patrol

April 1, 2014 | UW Today

UW experts part of technical team investigating Snohomish County mudslide

CEE associate professor Joseph Wartman will co-lead a national team to investigate the Oso Washington mudslide to understand why the slope collapsed, in the hope that a similar disaster can be prevented. Wartman and UW geomorphologist David Montgomery hope to visit the landslide site this week, followed by a visit from the entire reconnaissance team of six experts from universities, government agencies and industry. See also: National Geographic
UW researchers, radar company conduct aerial surveys of site

segment of network graph showing the top Twitter hashtags after the Boston Marathon bombing

March 17, 2014 | UW Today

Hold that RT: Much misinformation tweeted after 2013 Boston Marathon bombing

HCDE's Kate Starbird led research that shows misinformation spread widely on Twitter after the 2013 Boston Marathon bombing, despite efforts to correct inaccurate rumors. Their Paper presented at iConference 2014 won a top award.
See also: KUOW interview with Kate Starbird

Jeff Richards, ChemE student

March 2014 | Columns

Fellowship helps ChemE PhD student's solar energy research

Jeff Richards is researching ways to improve the efficiency of solar cells in the Pozzo Research Group. Jeff's research focuses on the chemical makeup of a solar panel's active layer and testing the use of cheaper, easier-to-recycle plastic materials. See also: Science of the Sun video

graphical representation showing the layers of the 2-D LED and how it emits light

March 10, 2014 | UW Today

Scientists build thinnest-possible LEDs to be stronger, more energy efficient

Materials Science & Engineering researchers Xiaodong Xu, assistant professor, and grad student Jason Ross helped build LEDs that are 10,000 times smaller than the thickness of a human hair. "This is a huge leap of miniaturization of technology, and because it's a semiconductor, you can do almost everything with it that is possible with existing, three-dimensional silicon technologies," Ross said. See also: Nature Nanotechnology paper

pre-k student holds sheep brain, compares to human brain

March 04, 2014 | The Seattle Times

Brain Awareness Week

Eric Chudler, associate research professor in BioE and executive director of the Center for Sensorimotor Neural Engineering, organizes brain awareness events to celebrate Brain Awareness Week. The official week is March 10-16. See also: More brain education opportunities, including a summer camp, a teacher's workshop, and visits to classrooms and listen to the KPLU story.

Three students in a thoughtful conversation

March 04, 2014 | UW Today

New initiative prompts engineering students to look back to go forward

Reflecting on and learning from their educational experiences is crucial to students' academic and career successes. The Center for Engineering Learning & Teaching is establishing the Consortium to Promote Reflection in Engineering Education to enhance student learning and foster a better-prepared engineering workforce. The program was made possible by a $4.4 million grant from the Leona M. and Harry B. Helmsley Charitable Trust.

user holding AllSee prototype attached to smartphone and gesturing with closed hand

February 27, 2014 | UW Today

Battery-free technology brings gesture recognition to all devices

UW engineering team has built a low-cost gesture recognition system that runs without batteries and lets users control their electronic devices hidden from sight with simple hand movements. The prototype, called AllSee, uses existing TV signals as both a power source and the means for detecting a user's gesture command. The research is led by Shyam Gollakota, assistant professor of computer science and engineering, and assisted by graduate students in electrical engineering. See also: Bringing Gesture Recognition To All Devices (technical paper)

Bobak Ferdowsi - Brian DalBalcon Photography

February 20, 2014 | UW Today

NASA's 'Mohawk Guy' advocates 'audacious,' creative engineering

Bobak Ferdowsi, a NASA flight engineer who became known as "Mohawk Guy" after sporting a mohawk hairstyle during the 2012 rover Curiosity’s landing on Mars, spoke to a class of University of Washington aeronautics and astronautics engineering students on Feb. 19. Ferdowsi was a student in the department and graduated from the UW in 2001. He spoke with UW News & Information's Michelle Ma after his talk. See also: Columns alumni magazine

James J. Riley

February 6, 2014 | UW Today

ME's James Riley elected to National Academy of Engineering

James J. Riley, PACCAR Professor of Engineering, has been elected to the National Academy of Engineering. The academy cited his "contributions in analysis, modeling, and computations of transitioning and turbulent phenomena." Election to the academy is among the highest professional distinctions accorded an engineer. See also: National Academies press release

Chris Burfeind holds the prototype microfluidic device

February 6, 2014 | UW Today

Credit card-sized device could analyze biopsy, help diagnose pancreatic cancer in minutes

UW scientists and engineers are developing a low-cost device that could potentially reduce the time it takes to diagnose cancer to a matter of minutes. A prototype made from silicon and teflon tubes uses fluid transport to convey pieces of tissue through a series of steps -- the same steps that full-scale pathology labs apply. (Pictured: ME undergraduate Chris Burfeind.) See also: King5 News

image of injected cosmetic filler resting in tissue without blocking blood vessels and veins

January 27, 2014 | UW Today

Facelift complications eased with help of new 3-D imaging technique

BioE professor Ruikang Wang's lab has pioneered a fine-resolution imaging technique called optical microangiography that creates 3-D images of tiny vascular networks without touching or adding dyes. The technique allows scientists to look at blood vessels during an injection and may lead to insight into other vascular health issues such as strokes, traumatic brain injuries, glaucoma and macular degeneration.

Francois Baneyx

January 22, 2014

François Baneyx: new chair of UW chemical engineering

François Baneyx, the Charles W.H. Matthaei Professor in Chemical Engineering, has stepped into the role of Chair of the Department of Chemical Engineering. François has held many leadership positions, including directing the UW Center for Nanotechnology, NSF National Nanotechnology Infrastructure Network, and NSF Genetically Engineered Materials Science and Engineering Center (co-director). Dean Mike Bragg describes François as an exceptional scholar whose many awards include his 2013 election as a Fellow in the AAAS. He takes over from Dan Schwartz who is the new director of the Clean Energy Institute.

dentist operates on a patient's mouth (photo: US Navy)

January 21, 2014 | UW Today

Dental school researchers patent new antibacterial agent

Four UW School of Dentistry faculty members have received a patent for a new way of using titanium-based materials to fight oral bacteria. The method employs a novel class of substances called titanates and peroxotitanates, which can inhibit bacterial growth without incurring the toxicity risks the metals would otherwise pose. BioE's James Bryers was co-principal investigator on federally-funded research that culminated in the patent.

dam on the Columbia River

January 15, 2014 | UW Today

Glaciers, streamflow changes are focus of new Columbia River study

As the Earth warms, experts know the Columbia River will change—they just don’t know how much or when. UW environmental engineers are launching a new study to try to understand how climate change will affect streamflow patterns, important for guiding long-term decision-making for the Columbia River Basin. UW Civil & Environmental Engineering professor Dennis Lettenmaier is leading the project with CEE researcher Bart Nijssen and OSU's Philip Mote.

ultrasound image with kidney stone and path marked in red

January 10, 2014 | UW Today

Trial to test using ultrasound to move kidney stones

A new device developed at the University of Washington would let doctors use ultrasound to move kidney stones inside the body and help them pass by natural means. Instead of breaking up large stones, this technique "could move small stones to reduce pain, expense and treatment times" according to ME assistant professor Charles Bailey. With urologists eager to use the new technology, the team hopes to move rapidly to commercialization. See also: YouTube

a representation of how the engineered proteins decorate a nanoparticle's surface

January 7, 2014 | UW Today

On-demand vaccines possible with engineered nanoparticles

UW chemical engineering professor François Baneyx hopes a new type of vaccine shown to work in mice will one day make it cheaper and easy to manufacture on-demand vaccines for humans. "A field doctor could see the beginnings of an epidemic, make vaccine doses right away, and blanket-vaccinate the entire population in the affected area to prevent the spread of an epidemic," said Baneyx, lead author of a recent paper published online in the journal Nanomedicine.

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January 3, 2014 | HCDE News

HCDE department chair shines as leader in field

Jan Spyridakis, department chair and professor of HCDE, shines as the most published experimental researcher in the last 20 years in technical communication journals. She coauthored 11% of the total sample on a breadth of themes, including comprehension, genre, technology, communication strategies, and editing and style. The same study found that researchers at the UW had the most output of any other research affiliate.

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